TSDAT/DAKAL - Post-Pandemic Unfinished Business - 2020-2021

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  1. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest" Supporter

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    More from the old farm south of Midland, SD:

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    RoundOz Plenty of seasoning

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    Sorry, I was doing my best to not look too close...both at the picture and when I was there in person.
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    RoundOz Plenty of seasoning

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    Been quiet on here for several days - I know OC processed some film and worked on some digitals and all I've contributed are some quick and dirty Samsung snaps.
    My only excuse is that I returned to a house with a broken A/C, a flooded basement and a broken buried 12" irrigation supply line. I fixed most of it myself, due as much to the saving of several thousand $$$ as to not being able to find a contractor on short notice around here anyway.
    Besides acting as my excuse, I mention all this here to illustrate the immutable Law of Murphy, which states that "If crap's gonna break, it'll happen just before or during a vacation"...the response is - don't go on vacation, or don't come home.
    Ok, one more image, from the last day of riding...I've been by Pactola many times before but had never seen it so blue, definitely worth a quick energy bar stop.
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    I'm finally getting back to a bit of normalcy after our trip. For whatever reason, I was really bushed after this trip, far more than normal. I don't know if it was the heat or not getting a lot of sleep with astrophotography or not having a lot of seat time on the bike over the past year, but this trip really knocked it out of me.

    I promised @RoundOz that I would get back to posting some of the other pictures of the trip. This one is the road going north to Camp Crook. As I mentioned previously, there's a gravel road that goes this way . . . and pretty much nothing else.

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    On our first day of riding, we were riding up Highway 73 in southern South Dakota headed towards Kadoka when we came across this beautiful section of the Badlands. We were told later that just west of here is some of the most beautiful land in the country.

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    Dinosaur(s)?

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    @RoundOz going through Hood Tunnel on Needles Highway, just outside of Custer, SD. {Shot using a Voigtlander Bessa-L film camera, Voigtlander 15mm f/4.5 lens, and Ilford FP4 film -- developed at home}.

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    RoundOz Plenty of seasoning

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    Despite an explosion of the honey-do list coinciding with the long weekend I managed to process some images.

    Inside the old pickup from the star image:
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    Four suicide doors! Gotta see what this one looked like when new.
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    Here is my version of astro-truck, around a 30 second exposure without a star tracker. Any longer with a 14mm lens and the stars start to trail visibly.
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    RoundOz Plenty of seasoning

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    Compare this with OC's star-tracker image of the same scene...thats why you use that technology - it takes time to bring out all those incredible colors and he has that down pat. _DSC6105.jpg

    One of many wooden bridges we rattled over
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    RoundOz Plenty of seasoning

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    OC mid-trail on his lovely Basel Quest, self-wrapped in custom carbon fiber.
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    ...and lining up alpine flowers and f-stops.
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    RoundOz Plenty of seasoning

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    Another image to remind of the comparative insignificance of all that we are and all that we do. This one above the North Cave Hills.
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    And here's one showing OC at the exact moment he discovered you don't need a star tracker to capture Ursa Major.
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    Oz's bike at the North Cave Hills:

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    One of my favorites from Devil's Tower:

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    I also loved how the clouds showed up at just the right time for this one:

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    From the South Cave Hills, next to the downhill bit that starts the circle loop. I don't know what kind of tree it is, but it looks like it's straight out of the Wizard of Oz to me:

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    Oz in his element (South Cave Hills), probably not far from where the intrepid explorer Noir Aventura met his maker:

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    RoundOz Plenty of seasoning

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    I certainly felt an overwhelming sense of walking in the footsteps of greatness, knowing full well however that if I stumbled on a hitherto unknown gemalogical discovery that they weren't going to name it after me...Roundozmium? Roundozite? Roundoz' Trippoverite? No, they don't have the same ring....

    Didn't stop me staring at the ground however, though you'd think that would have made the rattlesnake easier to spot.

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    ManWithHat I don't like hats.

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    I’ve never tried FP4 but shot a lot of TMax, HP5, and Tri-X. I preferred the TMax for versatility. But it’s hard to beat that lovely grain of a Tri-X / HP5 print. This was in 35mm. Since you’re shooting static things, ever tried any IR films with the deep red filter to get that super crazy IR look?
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    I've never done IR. Have you seen the work of @tsiklonaut? Stunning stuff. His Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tsiklonaut

    I'd like to try some of the things that he does so well. Maybe one day. As to film stock, I've really gravitated towards FP4 for versatility. Its box speed is 125, which gives me a middle-of-the-road exposure setting. On my old cameras that have max speeds of 1/250th to 1/1000th, using HP5 on a sunny day really boxes me in as to exposure unless I add ND filters, which just complicates everything exponentially.

    Here's one off of my new camera body, a Leica M4-P, shot with an old Canon 35mm f/2.0 screw mount lens. It's a lovely combination:

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    Ozmium. I'd go with Ozmium. :D
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